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Friday, November 18, 2011


What does November smell like?

In my house, November smells like cinnamon pinecones because there’s no way I can wait until December to buy them.

In my house, November smells like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread and pumpkin bars. That means it actually smells like nutmeg, ginger, clove and cinnamon.

In my house, November smells like dusty boxes—the ones that are beginning to make their way out from the closet underneath the stairs and fill the corners of the family room. In a week, the boxes will be open, the tree will be up, the lights will be on, and Mannheim Steamroller will be giving us its lively rendition of Christmas carols we can tap our feet to but can’t sing along with.

Inside, those boxes smell like pine spray and oh, look! Last year’s cinnamon pinecones!

This year, November in my house also smells like vanilla, lemon, grapefruit, and lavender—scents nestled in a giant box, tied with thank you ribbons, waiting for my daughter’s bridal shower in one week.

I’m still looking. If I can find some, I’ll add cinnamon to the box, too.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us so many ways to experience this wonderful world. Liven our senses to experience even more of your glory through the sights, sounds and smells of this harvest season. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What does your house in November smell like?


chris said...

love this, how to celebrate life through our everyday surroundings! my November "smells" include crispy crabcakes, candles, cinnamon (me too!), and, of course turkey!

From Carol's Quill said...

@ Chris - good smells!

Pam B. said...

I do remember loving to watch pine cones burn in our family room fire place when I was growing up. The flame from the burning cones would be multiple colors. Today, I was taken with the beauty of my dwarf Japanese Maple just outside my living room window. The leaves are brilliant red right now. Then further back in the yard is a Sour Gum Tree with beautiful gold and orange leaves. I didn't only stop to enjoy the beauty. I got the camera out and took a few pictures. The trees were a feast for my eyes.

From Carol's Quill said...

@ Pam - the trees are simply gorgeous now. A "feast for the eyes" indeed! Maybe God took out a heavenly spray can and painted them while we were sleeping!

lynnmosher said...

LOL You sound so much like me! I l-o-v-e all those smells...especially the cinnamon! We even get cinnamon air freshener! Love it! Hope you have a great shower! Blessings!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn--thanks, fellow cinnamon lover! Off to check out the air freshener...